The Oldest Student Activities for 2-5

Engage students in writing, book recommendations, character analysis, synthesis, and more with The Oldest Student activities.
Novel Effect book activities for The Oldest Student, the soundscape in app, and the book.

The Oldest Student Activities

Wow your students with the long and fascinating life of Mary Walker. Coined as the oldest person to ever learn to read. She will inspire young readers and writers! Continue the literary passion with The Oldest Student activities. Engage students in writing, book recommendations, character analysis, synthesis, and more. Select from over a dozen activities that support English Language Arts. 

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to: Novel Effect book activity for Theldest Students

  • build sentences based on the story.
  • recommend a book to Mary Walker.
  • write facts from the story.
  • write about the problem and solution.
  • determine character traits that describe Mary Walker.
  • write about Mary Walker.
  • sequence a timeline of Mary Walker’s life.
  • define story vocabulary and figurative language.
  • write a newspaper article featuring Mary Walker’s story.
  • summarize the story.
  • determine the story’s theme.
  • write about the story’s lesson.
  • interpret a quote from Mary Walker.
  • make a time capsule.
  • uncover learning opportunities.
  • reflect on and respond to comprehension questions and writing prompts.

Activities can be used to differentiate instruction for students, to provide them with a choice, or to focus on a particular skill.

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About the Book

What is the one thing you want to learn to do? Mary Walker is the nation’s oldest student. She learned to read when she was 116! This astonishing story highlights the long life of Ms. Walker. Mary’s story proves that you are never too old to learn. It is an inspiring tale for learners of all ages. 

Download the Novel Effect app to bring stories to life with music and sound that respond to your voice. 

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